In a welcome announcement for employers, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the compensation and hours-worked components of the new EEO-1 Report have been delayed from implementation pending further review.
In other words, the “old” EEO-1 Report employers are familiar with will remain in effect.
In a memo to the EEOC, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs explained that the lack of a public comment period for the method of data submission, as well as the need for further study of the burden to employers, resulted in the recommendation to delay the new Report.
Although the previous form has been reinstated, employers will still need to submit 2017 data by the new deadline of March 31, 2018. Further information regarding when to capture the employee data will be forthcoming shortly.
Despite the changes with the EEO-1 Report, be aware that federal contractors must still file the VETS-4212 report by September 30, 2017.
Shifting to the world of OFCCP, the Agency has started to offer “buyouts” to eligible employees ahead of a proposed $10 million budget cut. With a reduction in staff on the horizon, employers will likely continue to see a decrease in compliance audit activity. In addition, audits will be taking more time to complete. The OFCCP’s union is estimating up to 50-75 agency employees could leave. This reduced headcount will likely result in the closure of some number of district offices.
Finally, according to a letter from Acting Director Tom Dowd dated August 29, the Trump administration’s proposed merger of the EEOC and OFCCP will likely be delayed due to the need for legislative action to transfer enforcement authority from the Department of Labor to the EEOC. Because of the length of time required, the likelihood of this merger being accomplished before the next election cycle, if at all, is dwindling.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions regarding the above.